My "Hot" island
This is not a kitchen reveal but a basic 101 on heating your island granite.
I will get into why at the end.
We got the idea from Fine Home building magazine. It's basically like installing electric underfloor heating. Uses the same elements.
Built a base of 3/4" plywood. Over that a layer of metal bars and plywood, 1/4". Then a 1 1/2" decorative flexible strip was put around this base. Then heating elements wires were laid and then covered with thinset up to the edge of the trim. The granite was laid over this.
Here are some photos.
This is the base under construction.
Base in place.
Outlets and thermostat.
Could not get the thermostat in black.
DH tells me that Thermosoft has a new product that would have made this even easier.
Also note, our base had to be designed to support the granite. Talk to your granite fabricator/installer to see what support you would need for the granite and the heating element.
We plan to sit alot at our island and eat some meals. We find unheated granite too cold in the winter for comfort. The heat is completely adjustable. We have it programmed for different temps at different times of day. You can override it up or down at anytime.
I am not concerned about bacteria as I don't keep food directly on my counters. Spills are not harder to clean because they get "baked" on. Due to the granite pattern I find stuff everday on my granite that has been there who knows how long and everything wipes up easily.
We love it. If this granite could not be heated we would have done a wood top instead.